MASVINGO— The city council has approved the proposed allocation
of $100 000 towards each of the 10 wards in Masvingo Urban under the ward
development fund in the 2020 city budget.
If approved by the ministry of local government, all
the ten councillors will each receive a chunk of money which will be directed
towards developmental projects.
Presenting his 2020 budget proposal, Ward 9 councillor
and Finance Committee chairperson Babylon Beta said that they have incorporated
the $100 000 ward development fund which was pushed for by the councillors but
the allocation of the money will be given in relationship to the payment of
rates per ward.
“Under this budget, we have an allocation of $100 000
ward development fund which will be channelled towards facilitating ward based
development. We give the money in relation to the payment of rates in a
“The councillors will use the money to upgrade their
wards and we hope that this move will go a long way in ensuring that all our
people embark in various developmental and income generating projects,” said
If it sails through, the ward development fund will
draw $1 million from the council’s 2020 budget which is pegged at about $221
Ward 10 councillor Sengerayi Manyanga, who has been
most vocal in pushing for the ward development fund, said the councillors have
a lot of projects which they want to do for the people in their wards but are
limited by resources.
“Our Members of Parliament receive their Constituency
Development Funds to push for development in their constituencies so we
proposed that the council budget for the ward development fund as well. This
fund will make sure that we deliver to our people.
“Our people look to us to improve their lives and
surroundings but we do not have the money. If this fund is approved, we will be
able to deliver. The council has already adopted the budget so we now await the
minister to approve,” said Manyanga.